Egypt Vows To Continue Sinai Offensive ‘Until IS Removed’

isEgypt’s military has vowed to continue its attack against Islamic State (IS) militants in the Sinai Peninsula, after clashes left more than 100 dead.

The army maintained that operations will not stop until they rid the area of all terrorist activities.

Air strikes continued into the early hours of Thursday.

The army says 17 soldiers were among those killed after militants launched simultaneous raids on military checkpoints in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah crossing.

The attack was one of the largest coordinated assaults in the area yet by IS local affiliate, Sinai Province.

It was reported on Wednesday that Separately, security officials said nine members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood, including former MP, Nasr al-Hafi, had been killed in a Police raid in Western Cairo.

Second NY Prison Escapee David Sweat Caught

david sweat escapee from prisonThe second New York (NY) state prison escapee has been arrested after being shot by the Police.

The Police revealed that the 35-year-old convicted murderer, David Sweat, was shot twice and captured less than two miles (3km) from the Canadian border.

His prison-break partner, Richard Matt, who is 49, was killed by Police on Friday.

The two murderers escaped three weeks ago from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, through the sewer system, after using power tools to break out of their cell.

A NY State Governor , Andrew Cuomo, reported that Sweat was shot and seized in the town of Constable on Sunday.

He said Sweat was shot twice in the torso and was now in hospital in stable condition.

”The nightmare is finally over,” he added.

One Of Two Escaped US Prisoners Killed By Police

us prisonersOne of the two prisoners who escaped from a New York state prison three weeks ago, has been killed by Police.

A 49-year-old Richard Matt, was shot dead in Woodlands, near the town of Malone, about 30 miles from the prison.

David Sweat, another convicted murderer, remains at large as Police continue to search the area.

The pair escaped through the prison sewer system after using power tools to break out of their cell on June 6.

On Friday, Police were called to an area south of Malone where a camper van had been attacked, where they found evidence left behind by the pair in a nearby hunting cabin.

Police said that Matt was later found in woodland, armed with a shotgun, adding that he refused to surrender when officers shot him dead.

Prisoner worker, Joyce Mitchell, has been charged with aiding the inmates in their escape.

Recently, a US prison guard, Gene Palmer, was arrested and detained over the jail break.

Police Raid Criminals’ Hideouts Across Plateau State

Police Apprehend Criminals Across Plateau StateThe Plateau State Police Command has made several arrests of suspects on various crimes committed across the state through its Crime and Investigation Department.

The suspects were apprehended through intensive patrolling, raiding of criminal hideouts as well as visibility policing in the Command’s charge to curb criminal activities in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, gave the update on Saturday while briefing reporters on the Command’s achievements in the last few months.

Among the arrested suspects were a father that cut off the finger of his nine year old daughter for stealing 1, 500 Naira and a member of a gang of motorcyclists specialised in attacking police personnel and traffic wardens, in spite of the ban on commercial motorcycle operation in the state.

However, the police chief emphasised that efforts were been made to bring lasting peace between the embattled Beroms and the Fulani.

He also noted that the command needed more personnel and equipment to combat crime as well as curtail activities of marauders attacking villagers.

As investigations into some of the criminal activities continue, the hitch in prosecuting the suspects hinges on the ongoing strike embarked on by members of the judicial workers union in the state.

This had denied the prosecution of the suspects to ascertain if they were guilty or innocent of the charges against them.

Two Lebanese Men Abducted In Bayelsa

gunmen in bayelsaUnknown Gunmen have killed two policemen and abducted two Lebanese from a construction site in Onuegbum, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The abducted Lebanese were identified as Sarki Abi Chmouli and Ibrahim Abi Pherem, while the the slain policemen were attached to Pache Construction Company, employers of the abducted Lebanese.

The gunmen, according to witnesses, arrived the community on Wednesday at about 12.20pm in speed boats through the waterway.

The gunmen reportedly besieged the sand dredging site and shot repeatedly into the air to scare away passers-by and other workers in the area.

The two policemen responded with gun shots, but were killed by the volley of bullets released by the armed men.

The Bayelsa State Police Command has since confirmed the incident to reporters.

The Police Spokesman, Mr Astimin Butswat, was quoted by Reuters to have said, “we have launched a massive man hunt for the kidnappers and their victims.

“We want to assure Bayelsans to go about their legitimate duties as the Police are on top of the situation.”

Mr Butswat also said that the corpses of the policemen had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre for autopsy.

Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.

Robbers Raid Commercial Banks In Ogolonto, Ikorodu

ikoroduAn Armed Robbery attack occurred this morning on Ebute Road, Ogolonto bus-stop in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

An eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television during the News said she saw at least four men who were not wearing masks loading money into a Sienna van on the road as the robbery was going on, where commercial banks are located.

Gunshots were ongoing while she was giving her account to Channels Television, meanwhile police have arrived at the scene.

On Twitter, the Nigeria Police Force said officers have responded to robbery saying:

Australia PM Urges Regional Action Against Islamic State

australia pm speaks in is crisisAustralia Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is asking Asia Pacific Nations to combat Islamic State (IS), saying the group has global ambitions.

At a conference in Sydney on countering terrorist propaganda, Mr Abbott said IS is a death cult with far reaching tentacles.

Australia believes more than 100 of its citizens are fighting with militant Jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Abbott  maintained that the main challenge faced was working out how to stop young people from joining the groups, which would be the work of the conference.

“We need idealistic young people to appreciate that joining this death cult (IS) is an utterly misguided and wrong-headed way to express their desire to sacrifice,” he said.

Mr Abbott’s remarks come after US President, Barack Obama, approved sending up to 450 more military personnel to Iraq to train forces fighting IS.

Last year, Australia raised its threat level and has conducted series of counter-terrorism raids.

Amid concern about the domestic impact of Jihadist groups, Australia has introduced new national security measures including criminalising travel to terror hot spots, and giving extra funding to Police and security agencies.

The government recently announced plans to remove citizenship from dual nationals who support extremist groups.

 

IGP Tasks AIGs, CPs Ahead Of May 29 Inauguration

AraseThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered Commanding Officers to beef up security around key and vulnerable installations in their jurisdiction ahead of the May 29 inauguration.

A statement issued by the Police Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, specifically ordered Zonal Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CP) in states, to take steps to protect critical infrastructure like mega filling stations, major hotels, National/State Houses of Assembly and the Eagle Square.

The Police said this has become imperative to ward off possible plans by insurgents to carry out widespread violence and coordinated attacks on those installations and public places ahead of the handover.

According to the statement, the insurgents may be planning to undermine the Presidential/Governorship inauguration/swearing-in ceremonies nationwide.

The IGP also read the riot act to all Police Officers saying the force will not condone any act of corruption or indiscipline.

Addressing Officers and men of the force in Abuja, the IGP said that the force is working towards improving the welfare and working conditions of policemen, warning that anyone caught sabotaging the efforts of the force will be made to face the full weight of the law.

Mr Arase also advised members of the force attached to politically exposed persons to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

The IGP had earlier urged officers to engage more in intelligence driven investigation in their daily interaction with the public.

Kaduna Police Arrest 31 Robbery Suspects, Recover 8 Vehicles

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested 31 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, motorcycles and women handbags.

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Umar Shehu,  said an AK47 rifle, four bareta pistols, four single barrel short guns, five single barrel long guns, 39 rounds of live ammunition and 92 live cartridges were recovered from them.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Zaria, Kafanchan and Kaduna, the state capital, by operatives of the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), during a stop and search operation and cross fire, following a tip-off from members of the public.

During the operation, a total number of 8 vehicles of various kinds including a Prado jeep, 14 motorcycles were also recovered from the robbers.

Mr Shehu noted ed that the arrests were made within this month of May, 2015.

According to the Commissioner, the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices, adding that the command is working closely with the Interpol in Niger Republic to track down stolen vehicles and their buyers.

Other arrests made by the command include 16 members of a suspected terrorist group known as ‘Sara- Suka in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state, where they have been attacking residents and later killed a middle aged man, injuring two others.

Mr Shehu however reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state, urging car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who is a 20 year old boy and a 200 level Accountancy student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, confessed to the crime.

Kabir narrated how he got  involved in the crime and however begged for forgiveness. He also disclosed how they sold the stolen vehicles at giveaway prices.

 

9 killed In Texas Biker Shootout

texas bikers shootoutThe Police in Texas, US, say nine people have been killed and at least 100 arrested, after a shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco.

The incident happened at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in a shopping area called the Central Texas Market Place.

Waco Police said that eight of them had died at the scene of the incident, while the ninth died in hospital. At least 18 others were hurt.

A witness said that he and his family had just had their lunch and walked into the car park, when they heard gunshots.

Another witness told reporters that the car park of the restaurant was like “a war zone”.

“There were maybe 30 guns being fired in the parking lot, maybe 100 rounds,” Michelle Logan said.

Diners at the Twin Peaks cafe said they and the staff had locked themselves in a freezer room for safety before they were escorted off the premises by the police.

The Waco Police said the shooting happened shortly after midday when rival gangs were into a fight, apparently over parking space near the restaurant.

Police spokesman, Sergeant W Patrick Swanton, said the brawl started with punches and then escalated to chains, clubs, knives before resolving to the use of firearms.

“This is probably one of the most gruesome crime scenes I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement” .

“These are very dangerous hostile biker gangs. “A lot of innocent people could have been injured today,” Sergeant Swanton said.

According to reports, McLennan County Sheriff, Parnell McNamara, later said all nine, who were killed, were members of the Banditos or Cossacks gangs.

Several nearby roads were closed, and Police asked residents to avoid the area until an all-clear was issued.

Cross River Police Nabs Cultist, Armed Robbers

policeThe Cross -River State Police have arrested members of some cult groups who have been terrorizing residents of Calabar South Local Government in the State. 

This arrest follows a deadly clash between rival cult groups, identified as ‘Vikings’ and ‘Scorpions’. The clash is said to have claimed lives and properties in the region.

Speaking to journalists, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Hogan Bassey, said that the Command has made arrest of not less than 40 suspected cultists, kidnappers, one chance operators and armed robbers at different locations in the state.

He also said most of the paraded suspects were arrested with dangerous weapons that included locally-made pistols and axes, fake paper prints in form of money, as well as other deadly weapons.

Mr Bassey averred that the Police will not relent in its efforts to checkmate the excesses of these groups and create a conducive atmosphere for business to thrive in the state.

He maintained that the command is partnering with other security agencies and increasing their visibility policing, intensive foot and vehicular patrols to keep criminals on their toes.

An arrested driver and his accomplice in the ‘one chance’ business who came into the state from Enugu to dupe passengers of their belongings also confessed to the crime.